Do not disturb has become such a common phrase in the 21st century. It has become so commonplace that Apple has geniusly incorporated it into iPhones. What does it mean? It could mean quite a few things. “Do not interrupt me because I’m busy!” or “Do not wake me up because I need my sleep!” or “Keep quiet because I am resting!” All different ways to keep people away while you are sleeping or too busy to talk. Well, in the words of Ludacris, it’s about time for us to start “disturbing tha peace!” Far too many of us are sleeping on the injustices going on in the world today. We are quick to put our minds on “Do not disturb” while major issues involving politics, racism, classism, sexism, and all the other “-isms” are going on daily and need to be addressed.
One of the best places to start these conversations is with our young people. I have worked in Black and Latino schools too afraid to address a lot of the social, political, and economic issues going on in the communities of their own students. It’s time to toss those age old textbooks that only focus on the slavery and immigrant narratives and focus on the rich, vibrant culture that exists in Black and Latino communities. Let’s disturb and disrupt the current state of education and open the doors to providing students with education that is student centered, provides real world experiences, and empowers students to go forth and do great things. The children are the future...let’s make sure they are not set to “Do Not Disturb” forever.